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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior quality and tough enough to hold up for years of use!, October 3, 2013
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This review is from: TaoTronics Rear View Backup Camera in a Car License Plate Frame, 8 IR LED -(Wide Angle / Night Vision / Waterproof Metal Casing / Black) TT-CC17 (Electronics)
Length:: 2:38 Mins

This license plate camera is made to last. It is made of cast zinc and painted with a nice thick coating of black paint. I was shocked at how heavy and rugged this license plate bracket is. This is what you need on your car or truck so it will hold up in bad weather. The camera features 8 IR LEDs to help light your way even in the darkest night so you can see in the daytime or nighttime. Don't forget you also have your backup lights and taillights to help push away the darkness.

The camera is a color camera and it has a 170 degree side to side viewing angle which is very good and it also has a 120 degree vertical viewing angle. Two set screws hold the camera in place and if you loosen them you can adjust the camera height to get the best viewing angle for the height of your vehicle. There is a supplied Allen wrench to loosen and tighten these screws. The video image has an electronic grid image on the video you see. It is made up of lines that are drawn in a trapezoid shape that indicates the distance to objects behind your car. Each grid line represents about 3 feet.

The license plate camera is rated to IP67 which means it is submersible to 1 meter (3 feet of water) for about one hour without damaging the unit. The unit comes with a wiring harness that allows you to connect it to the rear back up light power wiring so the camera is only on when you are backing up. It also has an RCA type video jack cable (20 feet long) and after you wire the harness to your monitor wiring then wrap the jack with electrical tape to securely hold it plugged in and to keep the connection dry.

The unit comes with a brief instruction manual and it shows the basic wiring to wire this up. It is nice that the cables that plug into the license plate holder already have connectors installed and they are color coded. (Please see my video) I rate this item as a 5 star product. There are less expensive backup cameras out there but they do not compare to the quality of this one!

I was supplied a sample for test and evaluation and I promised to provide a fair and honest review.
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Initial post: Oct 18, 2013 8:32:38 AM PDT
Rich in WA says:
Thanks for the good video review. very helpful in making a decision to purchase.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 6:49:35 PM PST
Citizen John says:
I agree, very helpful.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 2:25:11 PM PST
MattTek says:
Very professional review, wish every product had review videos of this caliber.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 8:37:58 PM PST
Le Mullét says:
You basically opened up the box and gave a review. I true reviewer/owner would have installed it and shown us the video quality and how it will look in the real world. If you do have it installed it would be great to see it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2014 6:27:40 PM PST
Walt says:
I agree. Not exactly a review, more like an unpacking video and reciting the specifications. A good review would tell me how well it works, not just what the manufacturer claims.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2014 9:22:02 PM PST
Citizen John says:
Looks like a great rear camera. This review gets me closer to a solution for my car even if I'm not there yet.

How many people can explain something as clearly as this reviewer? Nobody on Amazon or Ytube that I saw explained it better. Besides, the scope gets bigger: whether it's better to sacrifice to get wired or if it's good enough to go wireless from cam to display, and which display to select.

The problem with the packages (cam + display) on Amazon is that they don't show the rear cam the way we see it in this video review, and a lot of cars (like mine) don't have room for it to be above the plate.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 7:59:38 AM PST
JP-5 says:
Do you have to buy a screen to see it? Where will I be able to view the camera shot?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2014 4:10:12 PM PST
JJCEO says:
Please take a look at this review for the kit that contains the monitor and the rear license plate camera.

TaoTronics Car Rear View System TT-CM04 7" TFT LCD Car Rear View Monitor & TT-CC17 Waterproof License Plate Frame Mount Backup Camera with 8 IR LEDs Night Vision

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2014 5:08:32 PM PST
Citizen John says:
Thanks. I didn't think I'd go with such a big screen but now might. Great review!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2014 5:13:54 PM PST
JJCEO says:
Thanks John.
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